...and then I blew her damn head off!"
Last year, I saw the trailer for Left For Dead (L4D) and knew right away that I needed to own it. Originally I wanted to buy it for the PC, but the demo ran so sssslllooooowwww on my laptop. I didn't have enough coin to buy a new laptop, so I settled for the next best thing: an XBOX 360. As a longtime Sony Playstation loyalist, I broke down and joined the Microsoft nation just to have this game.
I have grown to love my XBOX 360 and can't remember the last time I booted up my PS3. Even if I never used my XBOX 360 again after I was tired if playing L4D, it was worth purchasing the system for the several months I played this title. I'm not a big online player, but I always had friends come over and go on a zombie slaughterfest in the Man-Cave. From that aspect, this was by far one of the greatest games that I have ever played. And I am not the only one. Gamers, both hardcore and casual, and lovers/non-lovers of the first-person shooter genre raved about the game. That could only lead to one thing...an inevitable sequel.
The sequel takes places during the same zombie apocalypse as its predecessor except that we follow four new characters through five new locations in the Southern U.S. Oh and don't let me forget to mention that there are new weapons, laser scopes for accuracy, and (my personal favorite) melee weapons. Melee weapons include the (AWESOME) chainsaw, cricket bat, guitar, and even a frying pan. One of my favorite gameplay moments so far was to arm the chainsaw and charge the Horde. I don't think they even touched me as I made cadaver cold cuts out of those fools.
Melee Weapons Pwn!
Besides the zombies, the same super undeads have returned including the Hunter, Smoker, Tank, Boomer, and that f'n Witch! The Spitter, Charger and the Jockey are the new superbaddies on the block. Each baddie has their own specialty that will annoy you as you try to make your way across the landscape. There are also more gameplay options in this year's title as well.
Whether you are playing online, in your Man/Woman Cave with your friends or flying solo in campaigns, remember to heal the other members in your party and make sure they are using the best weapons. Trust me, you need them at full capacity for the later battles or else you are guaranteed to be zombie food.
You vs. Zombies in a Mall? Feed Your Inner DOTD Lust!
If you love horror movies, especially zombie flicks, and always had a desire to throw yourself into a zombie flick without the risk of actual physical harm - then run, don't walk, to play this game as soon as possible. So far I have beaten three of the levels in solo campaign and I am itching to finish off the final two. Let me end this post and get back to surviving the zombie pandemic.
(review based on the XBOX 360 version)